The Kiwi national carrier has made a strategic decision to redeploy aircraft capacity on faster-growing markets. The upshot is that, from October 2020, the airline’s Los Angeles-London (NZ1/2) service will cease to operate.
“Today Kiwis have more than twice the number of ways to fly to London than a decade ago and preferences have changed. Less than seven percent of all airline travellers between Auckland and London chose to fly via Los Angeles last year.”
Jeff McDowall, Air New Zealand acting chief executive officer.
“At the same time, the Atlantic has become one of the most hotly contested routes in the world and Air New Zealand lacks the home market advantages and scale of the North American and European airlines we’re up against,” he added.
The news comes at the same time as the airline’s announcement of proposed year-round, non-stop 787-9 Dreamliner services between Auckland and New York also due to commence in October 2020.
The airline’s Auckland to Los Angeles services—up to 12 per week—will continue to operate.
From October 2020, Air New Zealand customers will be able to travel year-round between Auckland and London with partner airlines via 12 gateways in Asia and the Americas, including New York.
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